La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System*, £32.50 is probably one of the most awaited skincare launch of the year. Well, it certainly was for me! I’m a massive, massive fan of LRP skincare and I’ve converted half my family to the LRP way. I can’t praise their products enough! That being said, I was a little sceptical about the 3-step system, as I have previously tried these ‘systems’ before which left me underwhelmed. But as a true LRP fangirl, I needed to know if it lived up to their other products.
In the system, there are three products – LRP Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, LRP Effaclar Clarifying Toner and LRP Effaclar Duo [+] Moisturiser. I’ve previously used the LRP Purifying Foaming Gel and the LRP Effaclar Duo Plus before and loved them both. So for me the real question mark hung on the toner, and if you know me, you know I don’t do normal toners.
The Purifying Foaming Gel is a really gentle cleansing gel that I use as a second cleanser to clean my skin after removing my makeup. It is not like other foaming cleansers. It doesn’t lather up a lot like soaps, but a gentle lather that allows you to spread the product around your face. It leaves your skin feeling clean without drying it out. It makes my skin feel like how it should – not dry, not oily, just normal. I’ve travelled up and down the country during August and safe to say completely neglected my normal military style skincare routine. It’s taken its toll; I was left with horrendous skin and breakouts. This really helped me to gently keep my skin clean without aggravating the breakouts.
The Clarifying Toner is the newbie in the system. You can’t buy this separately and I was just dying to try this out! The ingredients looked promising consisting of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (I’m a total science-y ingredients geek!). It promises to clear blackheads reduce the appearance of pores. Whilst I don’t think it did anything to reduce my pores, it did help with my breakouts. Although I don’t have a blackhead problem as such, it did clear the clogged pores on my nose. What I like about this toner is that, it does something for your skin; unlike traditional toners whose only function was to remove the remnants if your makeup. This is an actual skincare product that benefits your skin with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. LRP, you never disappoint!
Lastly, the Effaclar Duo Plus [+] (full review here), which is an old favourite of mine. It’s my go to moisturiser whenever I’m battling a breakout as I find other moisturisers dry my skin out. This really hydrates my skin whilst helping with my blemishes. I always have a back-up of Effaclar Duo [+] in my skincare stash just for emergencies. If this doesn’t tell you how much I love it, I don’t know what will!
After trying out this kit over the last five weeks, I have to say LRP has lived up to their claims for me. Their products seem to really agree with my skin, and my other half sneaks off with my Effaclar Duo [+] so it’s safe to say it agrees with his too! I’d recommend this to people who have oily/combination skin and frequently suffer from breakouts.
Have you tried the La Roche-Posay 3-Step Anti-Blemish System? What are your go to products for fighting blemishes? Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!